Volunteers Needed to Rebuild Trails at Ragged Mountain

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City of Charlottesville
Press Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department is leading the effort to replace trails at Ragged Mountain Natural Area during construction of the new dam. On Saturday June 1, 2013, National Trails Day, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, staff will be working with volunteers to create new trail links. This work will help ensure that the new trails will be ready for public use when the dam is complete and the Natural Area re-opens. About half of the new trails have already been built, and the City is hoping to complete all trails by this fall. With enough help on Trails Day, significant progress can be made toward the goal to restore public access.

Volunteers are needed to help with this project. The City will provide all the tools and gloves for the project, as well as light snacks and water. Staff has pre-scouted the location of the new trails so it will be easier for volunteers to build them. Those interested in working on this important project should contact Chris Gensic at 434-970-3656 or gensic@charlottesville.org. No experience is necessary.

Due to construction and safety requirements, volunteers are not allowed to access the park at the regular trailhead on Reservoir Road. Volunteers will meet at an off-site parking lot and be shuttled to a different access point, so it is important to RSVP in order to participate. Also, volunteers should wear boots or closed toed shoes for safety while building the new trails.

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